The End of The World is a Butterfly

Estamos en Venezuela!

“What a caterpillar calls the end of the world we call a butterfly.”
Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

I had better get this post out before you all do something crazy, like raise $12,000… LOL

Thanks to everybody who offered to send money, one way or another, for a new laptop. Money is not so much my problem (I just got ALL my tax back from last year…woo hoo!) as there is simply nothing to buy here.

I don’t want to spend good money (mine or other people’s) on some stop-gap device that I wouldn’t normally buy…when I eventually replace my laptop, it will be with another Macbook, I’m afraid, as I am most comfortable with that, and need to think of my work and graphic arts stuff for the years to come, and not just the remainder of this trip. There are no Apple shops in this country, because the rate of inflation sets the local price for a Macbook at 3 million Bolivares, and NO ONE in this country can afford such things…and I would feel criminal buying one, for that money, anyway. That is what one person earns, on minimum wages, for THIRTY YEARS in Venezuela. You get the picture.

Aaand, the crappy tablet works! So long as I keep it plugged in (and, fortunately, I have the gear to charge it, even on the boat, via 12volt and solar panel) so I will make it work. I mean, I will work with what I have. I don’t mind so much…so long as I have e-mail, and a way to deal with urgent things like banking, government notices, news of family and close friends, and so forth, I will be fine. No reason why I shouldn’t keep on blogging, if I can do these other things.

Thank you again, you’re fine readers, and generous to a fault…I can’t believe you feel so strongly about a blog! Its not as though I put as much work into it as, say, brainpickings!

I promise I won’t just “drop out”, though there will be long periods of silence (and you get those, anyway, when we’re at sea).

I don’t know how to explain this, but I do not feel right, calling for help and depending on others to provide me with something so First World as a new laptop! Nobody dies if I don’t blog, after all. 🙂

I don’t even know you, personally! Yet, here I am, sending you my love and a hug,


14 thoughts on “The End of The World is a Butterfly

  1. I consider you a friend even if you don’t know me – a friend far away doing strange and magical traveling that I envy and cheer on! I agree with your dad, your writing and art is like sunshine, and of course we think we know you, as happens when you share art, writing and photos on a blog.


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  2. Love, it was a natural for your friends to think of helping you…you didn’t ask, and never would have to ask for it. Your blog is a sunny part of our hopeful lives; we look forward to a new post every day…a high point in the week. We all love you! 🙂

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  3. It’s always a joy to read you! 🙂 and to follow your trip across and around South America! So I’m glad to hear you will keep blogging, regardless of the technical challenges life may throw at you 🙂 I can’t believe that at some point you will go back to Australia and be put somewhere… 🙂

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      1. 🙂 I completely understand 🙂
        Please, paint me a seagull! I know it sounds weird and random but I have just spent the evening painting (or trying to do a good job at…) a seagull, after reading your last post and thinking about your boat… If you have ever read the little prince, you may understand my question : D

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